Unified Pay Update 18 October 2016
To: All Barnet UNISON members employed directly by Barnet Council (including schools) only.
Contact details: Members can contact the branch on 0208 359 2088 or email email@example.com
For example where there are number of workers with the same job description all raising the same issue for example Nursery Nurses, TA’s on 52 week contracts, Coach Escorts. Meal Time Supervisors.
There can be a myriad of issues, which is why it is important that UNISON members with any concerns make urgent contact with the UNISON office
There are two groups of workers Barnet UNISON is currently supporting.
- Council corporate workforce (not schools)
Below is a brief overview of the collective issues in the various Service Delivery Units. Please note I have weekly meetings with HR for the all the service delivery units to discuss collective and individual issues.
Coach Escorts: Later this week I am attending a meeting with management and the coach escorts to discuss a proposal to address their concerns.
Commercial Vehicle Technicians: – I am advised the Council is close to having a proposals to share with the staff and trade unions.
Waste & Recycling drivers: This has been resolved.
There are a number of individual appeals/issues and stage 1 meetings are now being arranged.
Two local agreements covering Weekend Working and Practice Teaching payments have been signed off
DLO: HR have advised letters with an interim offer are due to be sent out shortly. After which a meeting will be held for all staff at which UNISON will be present.
Discussions with HR started last week, some of the cases will go to Stage 2 Appeal and some will be going for a fresh evaluation.
Duty Support Officer: I have met with members and I will be having detailed discussions with HR in my weekly meeting on Monday 24 October.
Personal Advisor: I have been advised a new job description is being produced.
The Library service submitted a local agreement for Sunday working payments, and it has been signed off.
- Council school staff (does not include Faith, Voluntary Aided schools and Academies)
The UNISON school team is now available to support members. Louis Smyth on Mondays & Tuesdays, and Nadia Joseph on Fridays during Term Time.
The following posts are subject to collective appeals with initial discussions due to start with the Council:
- Nursery Nurses (retainer issue)
- Teaching Assistants (52 week contract issue)
- Meal Time Supervisors
Once I have met with HR covering schools I wil be in touch with the UNISON members that submitted their appeals.
Do I need to sign or not sign my new contract?
Barnet Council has already issued all its corporate staff (not schools) with new contracts following the Unified Pay agreement.
The letter accompanying the contract asks staff to sign the new contract detailing the new Terms & Conditions.
Whilst the majority of workers will have no concerns about signing the new contract there are some who will want to seek advice before signing. For example any worker who is querying their new grade or the content of the Terms & Conditions.
I have spoken to the Council and no worker will be told they have to sign the contract immediately.
Please make sure you keep a copy of your contract in a safe place.
If you are in doubt ring the UNISON office on 0208 359 2088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in order we can provide some advice.
If anyone feels they are being forced into signing the contract please make urgent contact with the UNISON office.
**** SCHOOLS STAFF. At some point Barnet Council issue new contracts to all their school staff, when the branch is notified we will alert our members to the above advice.